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The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing (edition 2007)

by Taylor Larimore (Author)

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The irreverent guide to investing, Boglehead style The Boglehead's Guide to Investing is a DIY handbook that espouses the sage investment wisdom of John C. Bogle. This witty and wonderful book offers contrarian advice that provides the first step on the road to investment success, illustrating how relying on typical "common sense" promoted by Wall Street is destined to leave you poorer. This updated edition includes new information on backdoor Roth IRAs and ETFs as mainstream buy and hold investments, estate taxes and gifting, plus changes to the laws regarding Traditional and Roth IRAs, and 401k and 403b retirement plans. With warnings and principles both precisely accurate and grandly counterintuitive, the Boglehead authors show how beating the market is a zero-sum game. Investing can be simple, but it's certainly not simplistic. Over the course of twenty years, the followers of John C. Bogle have evolved from a loose association of investors to a major force with the largest and most active non-commercial financial forum on the Internet. The Boglehead's Guide to Investing brings that communication to you with comprehensive guidance to the investment prowess on display at Bogleheads.org. You'll learn how to craft your own investment strategy using the Bogle-proven methods that have worked for thousands of investors, and how to: Choose a sound financial lifestyle and diversify your portfolio Start early, invest regularly, and know what you're buying Preserve your buying power, keeping costs and taxes low Throw out the "good" advice promoted by Wall Street that leads to investment failure Financial markets are essentially closed systems in which one's gain garners another's loss. Investors looking for a roadmap to successfully navigating these choppy waters long-term will find expert guidance, sound advice, and a little irreverent humor in The Boglehead's Guide to Investing.… (more)
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This book offers a mix of financial planning advice and investment advice. The financial planning advice is of the Captain Obvious variety - "pay off credit card and high-interest debts", "establish an emergency fund", etc. Not super useful, but not harmful either. The investment advice, in turn, is all over the place. "Buy index funds because passive beats active" - fair enough, lots of research corroborate that. But then you can add "a value and/or a small-cap fund", and Real Estate Investment Trusts can be "a worthwhile addition to larger portfolios". What gives? Either passive beats active, in which case you shouldn't tilt your portfolio towards any specific factors or industries, or it doesn't, in which case you should do stock picking.

Not to mention the magical numbers. "We suggest that REIT funds not exceed 10 percent of your equity allocation." Based on... what? Did the authors use efficient frontier to get to that number? If so, what were the other assets in the portfolio? Where is the data coming from? How long is their time series? "We believe that investors will benefit from an international stock allocation os 20 percent to 40 percent of their equity allocation." Why? The US is 56% of the world's stock market. Why put more than 56% of your equity allocation in US stocks? No explanation is given.

(A minor point, but: if you're presenting the results of some paper then just cite the damn thing. "One of [Financial Research Corporation's] most important studies was..." isn't helpful, it makes us waste time googling around, sometimes to no avail.)

(An even smaller point: "Despite the statistical impossibility, at least 70 percent of Americans believe they are above average." That's not a statistical impossibility if your average is the mean and not the median. Not important in itself, but I don't want to take investment advice from people who don't understand how averages work.)

I did learn new things. I had never thought about how rebalancing forces you to sell high and buy low. This was the first time I saw hard data comparing the returns to different rebalancing strategies. This was also the first time I saw hard data on loss harvesting (and learned that it does work, at least in the US). But that's maybe 5-10 paragraphs out of a 311-page book. (I also learned a lot about how the US government taxes equity and bonds, but most of that is irrelevant to us foreigners.)

Overall you're much better off by reading Burton Malkiel's "A Random Walk Down Wall Street". Same general point - passive beats active - but a lot more evidence-based and internally consistent. ( )
  marzagao | Jun 1, 2021 |
Buena guía de iniciación al ahorro y la inversión "segura". Tiene el problema de que hay varios capítulos que se centran en pormenores de las leyes e impuestos norteamericanos, pero más de dos terceras partes son aplicables a cualquier país.
El libro propugna el sentido común a la hora de invertir, y da muchos consejos muy interesantes:
- Cuanto antes empieces a ahorrar, mejor.
- Elige fondos indexados. Ganan al 90% de los gestores profesionales de fondos a largo plazo y son mucho más baratos que un fondo de gestión activa. Un fondo indexado te puede costar un 0.2% al año, y uno de gestión activa un 1%-2% al año.
- Elige una combinación de instrumentos (bonos, acciones...) adecuada a tu edad y tus metas y atente a ella.
- Muchas veces cuando el mercado cae es momento de comprar, no de asustarse.
- Reequilibra (rebalance) tu cartera cada trimestre o cada año. Si has ganado mucho en bonos pasa parte del dinero a acciones porque suele suceder que tras un año buenos de los bonos es más probable que venga un año bueno de las acciones. Mantén tu porcentaje en cada producto constante.
- Evita el "investment porn", programas o cursos que te animan a invertir con ellos a cambio de la riqueza y la felicidad. Aunque ganen dinero son mucho más caros que los fondos indexados.
- Si quieres emociones fuertes vete al parque de atracciones. Invertir no es ir al casino. Es desarrollar un plan y seguirlo.

Y así páginas y páginas de detalles, siempre en un estilo comedido (¿aburrido?) y con mucho sentido común. El objetivo final es llegar a la jubilación con un capital suficiente para no tener que preocuparnos nunca más. (Hay un capítulo dedicado a esto: ¿qué porcentaje de mi dinero de jubilación me gasto cada año si me da miedo que se me acabe?)

En general, un buen libro. Recomendable para centrar a inversores/ahorradores nuevos en el mundo de la independencia financiera. ( )
  Remocpi | Apr 22, 2020 |
This book is a fantastic introduction to passive investing and is relevant in any economy. Recommended for any age, but especially for the young who may just be starting to invest and have visions of Jim Cramer clouding their strategy. Be prepared to either have some basic knowledge or be willing to look up basic definitions of some of the investment vehicles they talk about. They state that they presume no prior knowledge of anything but definitely throw terms out that everyone may not be familiar with. While some of the examples could stand to be updated after the recession, the principles here stand the test of time and should be reviewed and followed by everyone. ( )
  burningskulls | May 14, 2010 |
A well-written and easy-to-read book for beginners interested in securing their own financial future but have no idea how or where to start. The authors definitely took their audience into consideration--the content was not dumbed down or oversimplified, but it was also not that difficult to comprehend. Everything was set up in sections, which included great explanations of the what and why, and additional resources were also provided as alternative choices or for further individual research. Of all the personal investment books I have read thus far, this is one of two books I have enjoyed reading and learning from the most. ( )
  cmlorena | Jul 1, 2008 |
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The irreverent guide to investing, Boglehead style The Boglehead's Guide to Investing is a DIY handbook that espouses the sage investment wisdom of John C. Bogle. This witty and wonderful book offers contrarian advice that provides the first step on the road to investment success, illustrating how relying on typical "common sense" promoted by Wall Street is destined to leave you poorer. This updated edition includes new information on backdoor Roth IRAs and ETFs as mainstream buy and hold investments, estate taxes and gifting, plus changes to the laws regarding Traditional and Roth IRAs, and 401k and 403b retirement plans. With warnings and principles both precisely accurate and grandly counterintuitive, the Boglehead authors show how beating the market is a zero-sum game. Investing can be simple, but it's certainly not simplistic. Over the course of twenty years, the followers of John C. Bogle have evolved from a loose association of investors to a major force with the largest and most active non-commercial financial forum on the Internet. The Boglehead's Guide to Investing brings that communication to you with comprehensive guidance to the investment prowess on display at Bogleheads.org. You'll learn how to craft your own investment strategy using the Bogle-proven methods that have worked for thousands of investors, and how to: Choose a sound financial lifestyle and diversify your portfolio Start early, invest regularly, and know what you're buying Preserve your buying power, keeping costs and taxes low Throw out the "good" advice promoted by Wall Street that leads to investment failure Financial markets are essentially closed systems in which one's gain garners another's loss. Investors looking for a roadmap to successfully navigating these choppy waters long-term will find expert guidance, sound advice, and a little irreverent humor in The Boglehead's Guide to Investing.

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